Yes, I know I talk about food a lot--it's not on purpose--it's just that everybody needs to eat and it helps to know how to handle that before everybody gets hungry. :)
This week, Kroger in Nashville is advertising 10/$10 on fresh produce and if you have some extra grocery money, this is a good time to stock up on some things: sweet peppers, grape tomatoes, English cucumbers, eggplants, microwave-ready potatoes, and eggs.*
So you're thinking to yourself, "Ro, what in the world would I do with TEN eggplants?"
Well, I don't like to boss people around, so here is what I'M doing with all that stuff:
- 4 peppers cut open, deseeded and roasted, flash frozen, then bagged for the freezer
- 3 peppers diced, flash frozen, then bagged for the freezer
- 3 peppers sliced, flash frozen, then bagged for the freezer
NOTE: "Flash freeze" means to just put the food on a tray and place it in the freezer until the outside is dry and hard. Doing this keeps the food pieces from smooshing each other and sticking together when frozen.
- 2 containers in the fridge for eating fresh
- 8 containers flash frozen, then bagged for the freezer
- 3 in the fridge for eating fresh
- 7 sliced and pickled
- 2 sliced and roasted, flash frozen, then bagged for the freezer
- 6 rough chopped, blanched, flash frozen, then bagged for the freezer
- 2 sliced, blanched, flash frozen, then bagged for the freezer
NOTE: "Blanch" means to dump the food in boiling water for a few minutes, then dump it into ice water for the same number of minutes. In the case of eggplant, 4 minutes will do. This stops the action of the enzymes that make the food turn brown and go icky when frozen.
DO NOT BUY THESE. This is way too expensive. If you must have microwave potatoes (and there is no good reason not to), you can handle that all by your lonesome. Just buy a bag of potatoes and wrap them in a clean kitchen towel to microwave. BAM. Done.
*Eggs are an entirely different category of storage needs. I'll cover that in the next post so you can still take advantage of the sale.